Archive | November, 2010

Tel Aviv Food Awards

28 Nov

This is the time to introduce you to our bible. If Tel Aviv is our religion and in food we trust then Time Out Tel Aviv is our bible. This week the magazine has published the winners in its annual food awards.  In this post we will not tell you about one place we love but rather introduce you to the winners. We hope, in the future, to document these places in our blog as well. If you’re looking for a place, this can be a good starting point. Please notice that not all the links here supply information in English.

The best restaurant: Herbert Samuel .

The best new restaurant: 1 Ha’am Tapas.

The chef of the year: Eyal Shani.

The best exclusive restaurant: Catit.

The bar with the best food: Messa.

The best Italian restaurant: Mel & Mishel .

The best meat restaurant: Yoezer Bar Yain (Yoezer wine bar).

The best Asian restaurant: Bait Tahilandi (Tahi House).

The best fish and sea food restaurant: Manta Ray.

The best tapas restaurant: Tapeo.

The best bistro: Brasserie.

The best kosher restaurant: Liliot.

The best ethnic restaurant: Edna.

The best healthy / vegetarian / vegan restaurant: 24 rupee.

The best “value for money” restaurant: Segev Express.

The best restaurant chain: Giraffe.

The best sandwich: Ruben.

The best children friendly restaurant: Moses.

The best pizzeria: Tony Vespa.

The best burger: Agadir.

The best ice cream / yogurt: Anita.

The best hummus: Ali Karavan (Abu Hassan).

The best café: Hatachtit.

The best upbeat restaurant: Nanuchka .

The best restaurant for a date: Nana Bar.

The best wine bar: Habasta.

The best beer bar in the city: Porter & Sons.

The best bakery / patisserie in the city: Dalel’s bakery.

The best delicatessen: Hinnawi butcher & meat delicacy.

The best breakfast: Benedict.

The best late night: Dixie.

The best restaurant bar: Social Club.

The best restaurant on the beach: Manta Ray.

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Conquering our hunger – HaKovshim

23 Nov

It is so much fun to write about a place we love as HaKovshim, it is even a greater fun to eat there. This week we were invited by Zipi for some quality time. We didn’t want something to heavy or fancy. After going through the list in our heads (soon to be documented in this blog) we knew – HaKovshim.

HaKovshim is an Israeli bistro that bases its courses on the fresh goods from the nearby Carmel market. It’s a simple place with no pretensions. The food is just great, simple and fresh and you can always count on some new and exciting specials from the kitchen (don’t hesitate to take a ceviche if they have one).  The atmosphere is casual but if you come on daytime you can still feel the market vibe coming from the outside.

Burghul Salad

Some courses we recommend include Sardines, Beef Fillet medallions, Shoshka Peppers, Burghul Salad and Beef Filet Medallions with Home-Made Gnocchi. It’s also a good idea to take a few starters to share as we’ve done today. The only course we didn’t like was the “Tal Fridman” breakfast. To sum up, a great place to visit on a hot summer night of Tel Aviv.

The check please (3 people)

Shoshka Peppers – 28 NIS
Burghul Salad – 38 NIS
Beef Filet Medallions – 34 NIS
Gravadlax – 32 NIS
Roquefort brochette with Portobello & balsamic vinegar (special) – 32NIS
Soda – 9NIS
Water – 10NIS
Orange Juice   – 13NIS
All in all: 200NIS

Beef Fillet Medallions

Summary:

Food: Israeli Bistro with fresh marked goods (and in the good way).
Price: Medium.
Location: Carmel market

 

 

 The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale

4 Forks

Contact details: Ha kovshim

Address:  48 HaKovshim Street, Tel Aviv | Phone: 0579438862
Opening Hours:  Sun – Thu -08:00 – 24:30 | Fri 08:00 – 19:00
http://hakovshim.rest-e.co.il/

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Birthday treat – Carmela Banachala

20 Nov

Update July 2013: The place is closed.

Shrimps & Scalops

Birthdays are always a chance to celebrate in a restaurant you haven’t been in yourself because it’s too expensive or too special for a regular night out. Carmela is exactly that kind of restaurant. Years of good reviews, rumors of great food and Shahar’s and his dad birthday lead us for a family dinner in one of the best Nachlat Binyamin pedestrian street restaurants.

The ambiance in the place is quite unique, a little antique with a charm on its own; Wooden tables & chairs, mosaics up on the walls, candle lights and white-dressed waiters. Since we were quite a few people there (9), we’ll focus on our courses + some others (prices in brackets).

The fresh chop herbs salad with cashew nuts (39 NIS) was simply excellent, while it couldn’t reach the level of the Crab bisque (40) which was fantastic. On the other hand, the cured sirloin carpaccio (49) was just OK and a course of sliced sweet tomatoes with olives and ricotta cheese was quite dull.

Potato Noodles

Moving to the entrees, the shrimp and scallop with Uzo (105) was also rated as “just ok” in our perspective while the sea bream fillet “a la plancha” (98) was very good, the Beef fillet (130) was great and the potato noodles in porcini crème source was truly the dinner highlight.

After having few desserts which weren’t something to write home about, we came to conclusion that Carmela is a very good choice, yet a little too expensive for its quality.

Please note that there is an option of a tasting menu as well for a different style of dinner.

Summary:

Food: Chef’s restaurant
Price: Expensive
Service: Professional
Location: Nachlat Binyamin

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale

4 Forks

Contact details: Carmela Banachala

Address: Hatavor 46 corner Rambam 14, Nachlat Binyamin, Tel Aviv
Opening: Sunday to Saturday: 12:00 – 23:00.
http://www.rest.co.il/sites/default.asp?txtRestID=2972

In the name of the Aunt – Hilinka

20 Nov

Hilinka (from Facebook page)

Hilinka define itself as a neighborhood bistro-café in the old Tal Aviv ambiance. While writing this post I have noticed that most of the places we write about have the word “neighborhood” in their description. I wonder if it used in order to make your place more inviting. The truth is that there is a lot of demand for cafes in Tel Aviv, so every café place in a neighborhood can define itself as neighborhood place.

The name Hilinka is based on someone’s aunt who was very special and spoiling for this someone. It is also decorated with inspiration from old Tel Aviv/Poland, with crystal & porcelain housewares.

The place specializes in breakfasts, but you will find there launch as well. The food is not unique but it will be good enough to open a free day like Friday (or any other day you’re visiting Tel Aviv). Try the brioche or the Shakshukas they have there for breakfasts.

The check please (2 people)

Scandinavian brioche – 39NIS
Omelet Sandwich – 32NIS
Fresh orange juice – 16NIS
Soda Water – 9NIS
2X Cappuccino – 22NIS
All in all: 118NIS

Summary:
Food: café place.
Price: Medium.
Location: Arlozerov

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale

3 Forks

Contact details: Hilinka

Address: Arlozerov 76, corner with Shlomo Hamelach, Tel Aviv.
Opening: Sunday to Thursday 07:30-00:00; Friday 07:00-18:00; Saturday 09:00-00:00  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tel-Aviv-Yafo-Israel/hylynqh-qph-bystrw/115073728520161

I Prefer yes to… Bartleby

20 Nov

November 2011 Update: The place closed its doors

I prefer not to” is the quote that is written on the wall of Bartleby, the pub located on the center of Dizingof Street. Every time I’m visiting the place I read this sentence again and again.

Bartleby is small place, some will call it a neighborhood bar, but as the night is getting closer the neighborhood is left behind. The best time to get there on a Friday night is 10:30PM, just in time to catch the last sits on the bar. 15 minutes later you will probably find yourself drinking your beer while standing.

The bar serves up 5 types of draught beer (not the usual Goldstar you’d expect to find in Israeli pubs) and some other types of beer that will come in a bottle. I drank La Trappe& my friend Adi choose Franciscaner.  Although there is No smoking sign in the place, it’s usually quite smoky. Next to the beer you can eat more than just bagels, but don’t get your hopes high. Try the sweet-potatoes fritters.

The visit can’t be completed if you haven’t run into Bernard, a very nice old man with a French accent that will suggest you to read your future from the palm of your hand. Ask him for a discount (usually 50 NIS) and you will not regret.

The place is located in the center of Dizngoff st., and there is not a lot of parking around so my suggestion is to come car-free.

Summery

A smoky-small bar with a semi-neighborhood atmosphere.
Average age: 27+
Price level: Medium
Music: R&B, Indi, Brit-Rock, 80’s, 90’s.

3.5 Forks

Contact Details: Bartleby

Dizingoff 190, Tel Aviv (entrance from a small alley in the side of the building)
Open: All days 19:00-late.

The winter has arrived… to the Cordovero

17 Nov

July 2012 Update: The place has closed its doors.

Just to prove that we didn’t lie to you when we said we love tapas, we decided to go the day after to Spanish-wanna be place – The Cordovero. Don’t worry, we will write about other options in Tel Aviv except tapas, and you don’t need to read again the background information about the Israeli tapas places.

Cordovero is a neighborhood bar that focuses on cava and good food. It started as a small place in Florentin neighborhood that wrote its daily dishes on board, and today it’s a small-medium bar that serves a good (sometimes a little commercial) food. Try going there on a Friday afternoon (The best time of the week to spend time in Tel Aviv in our opinion).

The reason we decided to go there, a day after our visit in Winberg (another tapas bar) is that we heard that they are trying their upcoming winter menu. They served a dish for 19 NIS & 3 dishes for 49 NIS. By the time we got there the place was full and some of the dishes already ran out. We order 3 dishes of what was left – Shrimp Ceviche, Mushroom Risotto & Pumpkin Gnocchi. The ceviche was so small that is hard for us to judge, we think it was only OK. The risotto was an improvement in the meter of the size of the dish and was tasty. Luckily, the last dish, the gnocchi, was also the best. It was a gnocchi made of pumpkin, with Brie cheese & smoked eggplant. We enjoyed it very much. We must say that we understand the rather small size of dishes since it was a tasting deal for 49 NIS which is not expensive.

After the 3 dishes, we felt that we are still hungry so we order the Meat Paella. It was a nice dish and was much bigger. The meat itself was not that tasty but the rice together with the other ingredients was good. We have chosen to escort the dinner with glasses of Cava semi-Saco.

To sum up, the Cordovero is a small neighborhood bar for Friday afternoon or while visiting Floertin.

Summary:

Food: Spanish/Mediterranean tapas bar
Price: Medium
Service: OK
Getting there: by car (parking can be hard on nights/weekends), taxi is also an option.

The check (2 people):

3 Tasting courses – 49 NIS
Meat Paella – 53 NIS
3 Cava glasses – 66 NIS

All in all: 168 NIS

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale:

3.5 Forks

Contact details: Cordovero

Address: Cordovero & Stern, Tel Aviv
Opening: Sunday to Saturday: 18:00 – late. Happy hours 18:00-20:00
077-4060771
http://www.rest.co.il/sites/Default.asp?txtRestID=9912

Wineberg – Typical Israeli Tapas

14 Nov

We love Tapas! We have just got back from a dreamy week of beer and tapas in Spain. When Shahar’s father invited us to join him to a dinner in Wineberg we knew you couldn’t go wrong with the combination of Shaul’s recommendation, good atmosphere of Ben Yahuda’s st., the nice weather and the Tapas.

We would like to stop for a moment in order to give you some background information about the Israeli tapas places. The problem (some will say facing realty) with the Tapas bars in Israel is that they tend to compromise on the Tapa values for the crowed and the money. It is not a traditional Tapa. The Israeli tapa is usually larger than its original sister from Spain, and it’s usually priced as a Spanish “1/2 racion” (half a course).

Now we can get back to business… Wineberg itself is a small bar with a sitting place outside. Good atmosphere (though quieter than the traditional Tapas bar), lovely service. The courses were fine; we especially recommend the crab burgers and the tuna fish. Try the cold cut sausages plate, if they have more than one available in your visit.

Summary:
Food: Cava bar / Israeli tapas bar
Price: Medium
Service: Nice
Getting there: by car (parking across the street), by bus of by food, depends on your location.

The check please (3 people):
Browned cauliflower – 20 NIS
Local eggplant, changed every day – 20 NIS
Scorched red Tunna – 46 NIS
Roast beef sandwich – 39 NIS
Crab burgers – 42 NIS
Cold cut Sausages plates – 46 NIS
3 Cava glasses – 75 NIS
Apple strudel pie – 35 NIS
Bungee Berries with Malabby and fig – 34 NIS

All in all: 357 NIS; nice place for a casual night.

The Cizer-Kobrinsky Scale:

3 Forks

Contact details: Wineberg
Address: 106 Ben Yahuda st. Opening: Sunday to Saturday: 19:00 – late.

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